Controlled inhibition of spiking dynamics in VCSELs for neuromorphic photonics: theory and experiments

Joshua Robertson, Tao Deng, Julien Javaloyes, Antonio Hurtado

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We report experimentally and on theory on the controllable inhibition of spiking regimes in a 1300 nm wavelength Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). Reproducible suppression of spiking dynamics is demonstrated at fast operation speeds (up to sub-ns rates) and with total control on the temporal duration of the spiking inhibition windows. This work opens new paths towards photonic inhibitory neuronal model system for use in future neuromorphic photonic information processing modules and which are able to operate at speeds up to 8 orders of magnitude faster than biological neurons.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number7
Early online date14 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Mar 2017


  • semiconductor lasers
  • vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL)
  • Optical neural systems
  • neuromorphic photonic systems
  • neuromorphic systems

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